Graphic Discourse and Narrative for History of Science II


Matthew Shindell

Smithsonian Institution

Mark L. Hineline

Independent Scholar


Joan Steigerwald

York University


Session Abstract

Much of the representation in the earth sciences is visual, consisting of maps, images, charts, graphs, and three dimensional models. The range of images is particularly rich, encompassing a broad range of styles of hand-rendered illustration, photography, and computer-generated illustration, as well as the full spectrum of printing technologies. And all this is true, to a similar or lesser extent for other sciences and in the history of technology.

This has been much researched, and knowledge about visual representation has advanced considerably in recent decades. In this session we will explore a reflexive view of scholarship: we are not going to talk about the study of images as they are used by or understood in science, but instead will be looking at the use of images by the historian in the communication of the history of science, using many of the same visual objects, but integrating them rigorously into narrative or analytic forms.

Presenter 1

David DeVorkin

Smithsonian Institution

Presenter 2

Andrew Kirk

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Presenter 3

Mary Richie McGuire

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Presenter 4

Penelope K. Hardy

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Presenter 5

Mark L. Hineline

Independent Scholar